A 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns CBD lies Fitzroy Island, fit for the adventurers and relaxers alike. While they’re not the softest, comfiest beaches in the world, the island’s coral beaches create a beautifully unique shoreline. The rest of Fitzroy — explorable by walking trails — is just as rugged, featuring a variety of landscapes including rock formations, mangroves, and rainforests. The most common reason to visit Fitzroy Island, though, is the chance to witness the marvels of the Great Barrier Reef, which you can do through snorkeling, scuba diving, or sea kayaking. Fitzroy is a popular destination for a day trip — or even just an afternoon — but if you realize the time got away from you on this tropical paradise, fear not; the island isn’t so rugged that there’s nowhere to stay.